Not Scottish History

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I know I’m supposed to be talking about Scottish history, but what’s done is done. No point in thinking about it now. Arapahoe Community College is a great school. I’ve accomplished more tasks at this school than any other.


Medical Shmedical!

Heal me, won’t ya lass? During this time, medicine was definitely more natural than our Advil that we take today. They would use different herbs to heal the sick and mend a broken bone. They couldn’t do much about diseases such as the plague, but Healers were still available to heal in any way they could. There were these creatures that could heal people. The fancy people that took care of the ill were called Healers. Before they became Healers, they were thought to b witches because they would mix up “potions” and people thought it was of the devil. Once everyone got over that notion, Healers were used everywhere. Therapeutic procedures and supplement intake were used even way back then. Today’s technology was just advanced the idea.  Most Healers were females. Strange how that works. Women could be Healers but couldn’t earn the title Doctor. Well beats me. Need a doc? Give me a call at 1-800-Heal-Scott and we’ll take care of you! Be prepared to feel young and healthy again!


Got a Taste for Fashion?

The Scottish people had their own sense of fashion. Doesn’t everyone? In the mid-18th century, Highlanders gave the Scotts the patterned kilt trend. The colors in the kilts represented a clan name. It was a way of knowing where you stand in society, religion, and house. Around the 1740’s, it was illegal to wear the “belted plaid”, also known as the kilt, unless you were a soldier. Back then, that was the uniform. The way of identifying your friend form your foe. You were of course able to wear your clan pattern in a dress, blouse, or trouser form, but the kilt was meant for the Scottish army’s use. They also did this so they could do away with Highlanders. They were mostly known to be thugs or deserters of their duties.

As an accessory, so to speak, the Scotts wore tartans which are the pieces of fabric you see above that come across the chest and are pined to the jacket with a clan crest.

Lastly, the Scottish wore sporran and garter flashes. A sporran is the canteen with usually the fur hanging off of it. The garter flashes are the stocking like socks you see them wearing. Up on their thighs they wear a strap that holds a knife. Yes, the knife is meant for protection. Well, that’s all for now! Stay tuned to find out more about the mysterious Scottish past.




Politicians Much?

Man! I need to get me one of those guys! Scotland had a thing for parliament. But before parliament, the Scottish people were broken into sectors. Each sector had a ruler, or in this case, a laird. The lairds ruled over clans. The clans were groups of individuals that carried an ancestor’s name and would be known as that clan by the colors in their plaid uniforms and the last name bestowed upon them. The Scotts were strong nationalists. They believed in their ways; that their ways were fine the way they were. The British King thought differently. Britain invaded the lands of the Scottish to try to convince them that they needed to conform to British ways. Maybe the British were just trying to help the Scotts, but no way Jose did that end well.  Politics really do get in the way of a lovely friendship.  Eventually the Scottish political system grew to a parliament based sector, without lairds and clans, and followed some British influences. No more separate clans. No more sector lords. Just a good ole group of men making decisions  for Scotland to be the best in can be!

Religious, Yes?

scotland religion

Tell me… are ya or aren’tcha? Them Scotts were and still are hugely religious people. They follow all of the branches of Christian religion and lines of the Roman Catholic church teachings. John Knox was a Scottish clergyman whom led the protestant church but later founded the Presbyterian church.  From then on, there were reunions that would ultimately result in the majority of the Free Church rejoining the Church of Scotland in 1929. Talk about religious. You’d been called the devil’s worker if you didn’t attend church regularly. You had to watch out for any sign that a fellow clan or Scott wasn’t of the devil practices. Christianity has the largest influence, by far, in Scotland.

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Culture of the Scotts

scotland ball

I’m bettin’ you’ll be wanting a Scot of yer own. The Scottish play the bagpipes which is the most traditional form of music played in Scotland. Edinburgh International Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the arts.  This event takes place in the Edinburgh Castle. As far as sports, the Scotts are well known for playing cricket and international football. The British were their biggest  competition when they would play football. A traditional uniform for the Scottish to wear is plaid. Their culture is pretty simple and strait forward.  No haggis about it.

“Scottish Cultural Interests.” Culture and Traditions of Scotland. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2015.

Food Fetish of the Scottish

Ayi! Our food is sure to tickle ye fancy! The Scotts are well know for their haggis, whiskey, deep-fried Mars bars, and shortbread. Their dishes are both Celtic and Norse inspired. There are so much more unique dishes that the Scotts created such as the following: cranachan, aberdeen angus beef, smoked salmon, scotch broth, venison casserole, haggis with neeps and tatties, farmhouse cheese and oatcakes, roast lamb, clootie dumplings, and baked salmon. The most popular cheese in Scotland in cheddar. They use to have over 24 individual cheese producers around this time. Deep-frying most dishes was a big deal for in Scotland. And here we thought deep-fried  goods came from the south here in the U.S.!! Fish and chips, or batter fried cod and fries or potato chips, originated in Scotland.  Pork, although, isn’t the most desired meat in Scotland. A typical breakfast in Scotland would consist of a coffee, porridge and bacon, and even potato scones. As you can tell, potatoes are kind of a huge deal for the Scotts. Now, for a good lunch, Scotts like to have sandwiches or pies with a hot cup of tea. Lunch usually starts around 1pm. Not too late, not too early. Just in time for tea! There are two “classes” of food; highland and lowland food, also known as rich people food versus poor people food. Barley cakes, cheese, eggs, and butter were the highland delicacies during this time. Milk and fish were apart of the lowland people’s diet for everyday eats. Here are some more dishes that come from Scotland:

  • Muscatel Raisins in Bunches, for desserts, in small boxes of only 6 lb. and upwards.
  • Jordan Almonds in small boxes.
  • Almonds a la Princesse, or Soft-shelled Almonds.
  • Spanish Green Grapes, in bunches and jars.
  • Pistatio [sic] Nuts and Pomegranates.
  • Oranges, and other Green Fruits.
  • Dried apples and pears
  • French Plums, in the highest state of perfection, and of the most exquisite flavour.
  • Imperial Plums, in beautiful small square baskets.
  • Prunes de Pistole, in ditto.
  • A variety of French and Italian Liqueurs.
  • Dried Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Pears, and Cherries in Brandy.
  • Green Truffles, Conserve of Tomatoes, prepared by the celebrated Monsieur Appert.
  • Mirabelle Plums, Apricots, Green-Gages, Cherries, and other Fruits for Tarts in bottles.
  • A great variety of Dried Vegetables, from Monsieur Malliez
  • Beautiful young preserved West India Ginger, in bottles and jars of all sizes.
  • The finest West India Tamarinds.
  • West India Green Sweetmeats.
  • West India Green Limes.
  • Guava Jelly.
  • Haricots,Rouge et Blanc.
  • Artichoke Bottoms, Eschalottes, Basolie, Champignons,and other articles invariably used in all made dishes in France.
  • A great variety of the different compound French Vinaigres et Moutards, from M. Bordin (Vinaigrier du Roi.)
  • Bon Bons — Beautiful specimens of French Confectionary — Sugar Figures and Mottoes of all kinds, from Paris.
  • Chocolate de Santé, and other kinds: et Baton Royal, from Monsieur Dumont.
  • A large supply of the finest Provence Salad Oil, from Aix, a beautiful article, in white bottles.
  • Macaroni, Vermicelli, and Cagliari Paste, of various shapes, put up in small boxes for family use.
  • Gruyer Cheeses from Switzerland. Neufchatel Cheeses from France. With a large supply of Stilton Cheeses, Selected from the finest Dairies in England, which will be found to posses in the highest degree that mellow and delicious flavour which distinguishes Stilton Cheeses.
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What a huge appetite I just got! Well enjoy the drool dripping from your mouth as you learn about the yummy meals that 18th century Scotland offered at this time.

Scotland Warfare

Anyone else seen the series called Outlander?  Loooove!  But I’m not going to talk about how hot Jamie is and his Gaelic accent.  In the 1700’s, Scotland was at war with England because British were trying to take over the lands of  the clans that roamed around Scotland around that time.  Rude right?  The Brits had rifles and the Scots only steel swords. Fair?  The Battle of Culloden, in 1746, was the final battle fought on British turf.  The Jacobites were unfit to go up against the British army.  The battle was short and the army was brutally beaten.  During this time, Britain and Scotland were constantly butting heads because James the first set up a rebellion against the Scottish clans.  Britain was trying to restore the former glory of the house Stuart.  Why may you ask?  Well, according to told history,